COVID-19 & Travel to/in Greenland
At this site you can find information regarding Greenland's Reopening Strategy, detailed instructions about the current entry requirements (that apply for all residents & visitors), contact information for health centers in South Greenland, links to additional resources and more. 

For tourism-specific information, please see the FAQ section below.


All information is sourced from public press meetings and documents published by the Government of Greenland, the Corona Advisory Board in Greenland and the Greenland Surgeon General's website.


Any questions regarding the content of this website can be directed to:
Tourism Destination Manager for South Greenland,
Sarah Woodall:
sw@isg.gl
Travel Regulations in Greenland Prior to 15 June 2020
From Friday 20 March 2020 at midnight through Sunday 14 June 2020, the Government of Greenland closed Greenland's own geographical borders,
meaning no travel to the island was permitted, including residents and Danish citizens.
During part of this period, no domestic travel was permitted.
Only those with explicit permission were able to enter during this period.

Explicit permission applied for f.ex. those fulfilling critical jobs for the community or for students/residents that want to return home.

Greenland Reopening Strategy
Greenland's re-opening strategy follows the Kingdom of Denmark's re-opening strategy as a rule of thumb.
See more about the Kingdom of Denmark's strategy below.


Greenland began Phase 1 of its Reopening Strategy on Monday 15 June 2020.
It will be valid until 20 July 2020 until further notice.


As of Saturday 27 June 2020, Greenland began opening conditionally* for travellers with residence in a wide range of European countries, including the entire Kingdom of Denmark, of course.
Conditionally: The list of open countries is decided by the Kingdom of Denmark, based on the weekly development of the individual countries' infection curves. This means, a country's status could potentially shift between 'open' and 'closed'. 
Find the updated list here on the Danish Police website.
Yellow = open.


Phase 1
600 persons per week may enter Greenland with aircraft, with required entry conditions.

This 600 person limit is for Air Greenland, who will follow a "First come, first served" principle regarding prioritization of these persons.
All other airlines must apply for specific permission to operate commercial flights to/from Greenland.


Entry via flights from both Denmark and Iceland is permitted.
There are regulations regarding which airlines may fly with which passengers,
related to whether passengers must do quarantine upon arrival.
See more under Flights below.


Private Transport
Any persons wishing to arrive by private vessel or private aircraft
must still fulfill the required entry conditions, including country of residence.

These persons should contact the Corona Advisory Board in Greenland via CORSEK@nanoq.gl to request permission before making any binding arrangements.

Greenland has already put a protective measure in place that all ships arriving from international waters (be that cruise ships, private vessels, supply ships, fishing ships, military ships, etc.) must additionally deliver a Maritime Declaration of Health to the port agent that states there are no contagious illnesses on board the ship.
This is required for every individual port call.


Cruise Ships
At the present time, it is not possible to travel to Greenland on a cruise ship.


Phased Opening
There will be three general phases to re-opening with a gradual loosening of the restrictions and requirements with each phase, particularly related to the number of persons allowed to enter per week with airplane and related to quarantine & retesting.


The reopening strategy was presented by the Government of Greenland in a live press meeting on Monday 25 May 2020.
The Government of Greenland Executive Order Number 20 regarding incoming travel by aircraft during Phase 1 was later signed into action on 17 June 2020 and subsequently extended via Executive Order Number 25. 

See Additional Resources below for links.

Required Entry Conditions
These conditions are required for ALL persons entering Greenland,
both residents and visitors.
Some exceptions apply for persons arriving on direct flights from Iceland.
See Exemptions below.


Online submission of the "Sumut" form.
At check-in, electronic or print proof must be shown of the Receipt / Confirmation mail received after filling out the "Sumut" form.
No proof = no travel, and all extra costs incurred are one's own financial responsibility.
Read more about "Sumut" form below.


Negative test results from a PCR/RNA test administered maximum 5 days prior to check-in for flights to Greenland.
Proof must be shown at check-in.
No proof = no travel, and all extra costs incurred are one's own financial responsibility.
Read more about Pre-Travel Test below.


Usage of an approved surgical mask (self-made masks are not acceptable).
Required in all European airports, including Kastrup Copehagen Airport, Keflavik International Airport and Reykjavík Domestic Airport.
Required onboard international Air Greenland flights to/from Greenland.
Read more about Masks below.


Quarantine upon arrival to Greenland.
Read more about Quarantine below.


Re-test on the 5th day after arrival to Greenland.
Read more about Re-testing below. 


In the event of negative test results, quarantine ends.

In the event of positive test results,
the person must be in Isolation for as long as needed until a negative test result is achieved.
 NOTE: all extra costs incurred are one's own financial responsibility.
Read more about Isolation below. 


Once allowed to travel freely, people are required to continue to adhere to all COVID-19 sanitation and social distancing precautions & advice.

Maintain 2 meters distance from other persons
Avoid places where close contact with others could occur
Wash and/or disinfect hands often
Always cough or sneeze into a handkerchief or arm
Do not spit
Use good cleaning habits and ensure proper ventilation when indoors or in an enclosed space


Additional re-testing if COVID-19 symptoms occur.
"Sumut" Form
Electronic or print proof of Receipt / Confirmation email received after filling out the "Sumut" form
is a required condition to check-in for flights to Greenland.
All persons must fulfill this entry requirement, even those who are exempt from other requirements.
See Exemptions below.


"Sumut" means "Where to?" and is tool used only for the purpose of tracking an infection source, if needed. The information collected in the form will be protected according to the Ordinance for Greenland of the Personal Data Processing Act. More information regarding the disclaimer is found on the first page of the online form, linked below.

One must have a purchased ticket prior to filling out the form.



One must fill out the form personally, online.


The form asks for information including:
Travel plan
Final destination
With whom you will have contact or stay with 


After filling out the form, a Receipt / Confirmation mail will be sent that must be shown electronically or in print,
in order to check-in for the flight to Greenland.
It will show the traveller's name and departure date. Double check that these details are correct. 


Questions regarding filling out the "Sumut" form can be directed to the national COVID-19 Hotline at:
+299 80 11 00


Fill out the "Sumut" form here.
Pre-Travel Test
Proof of negative test results from a PCR/RNA test administered maximum 5 days prior to check-in for flights to Greenland
is a required condition to be able to check in.
Legal action can be taken against those who do not abide by the rules.



Some exceptions apply for persons arriving on direct flights from Iceland.
See Exemptions below.



Home tests are not valid.
Antibody tests are not valid.
See below for the information required to be shown on the test results. 


The following information is sourced from the Greenland Surgeon General's website.


How to arrange for a pre-travel test
There are different procedures for persons residing in Denmark (and Greenland) versus persons residing outside Denmark.



For residents of countries outside Denmark, including the Faroe Islands:
Testing can be done in one's country of residence.

The test must be administered maximum 5 days prior to check-in for the flight to Greenland.

The following information must be visible on the test results in order to check in.
"Tested for COVID-19" (the virus test - NOT the antibody test)
Name
Birthdate
Test result: negative


NOTE: If for some reason one wishes to be tested in Denmark instead of their country of residence, the health system will allow this.
It is only recommended to be tested at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen,
due to shorter waiting times for results (2-3 days).
This applies also for persons with residence in Greenland.

NOTE: This option will only be available for persons spending at least 6 nights in Denmark,
because any person (transit traveller) not spending this length of time in Denmark
is not permitted to leave Kastrup Copenhagen Airport between flights.
 
For residents of Denmark (and residents of Greenland)
One must request an appointment time either via one's own doctor or online at www.coronaprover.dk, using NemID.
Once the test is administered, one must download their own results at www.sundhed.dk.


NOTE: It is only recommended to be tested at Rigshospitalet due to shorter waiting times for results (2-3 days).
Tests from other test facilities are accepted, but wait times for results can be longer.
No matter where a test is administered, it must be administered maximum 5 days prior to check-in for the flight to Greenland.


See Additional Resources for information on Test Centers in Denmark.
Masks
Usage of an approved surgical mask is a required condition in order to travel in European airports and travel on international Air Greenland flights.
Valid through 29 August 2020


NOTE: It is not required to use a mask inside Greenlandic airports, 
nor is it required on domestic Air Greenland flights.


Passengers are responsible for providing their own approved surgical masks.


Approved surgical masks are available for sale in Greenland at the following locations:
Kangerlussuaq - Pilersuisoq grocery store (across from the airport)
Kangerlussuaq - Tax Free (inside security)
Additional towns/settlements in Greenland - Brugseni stores, Pilersuisoq stores & Pisiffik stores
Quarantine
Quarantine is a required condition in order to travel in Greenland.
Legal action can be taken against those who do not abide by the rules.

Some exceptions apply for persons arriving on direct flights from Iceland.
See Exemptions below.  


The purpose of quarantine is to avoid contact with other people and to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the community.


Quarantine in settlements is not permitted. 
However, camping in the wilderness and/or staying at a wilderness hut/lodge are considered permissible quarantine locations, as long as one does not come in contact with people outside the travel party. Maximum 2 local guides permitted.


Incoming persons are required to stay in quarantine for 5 days upon arrival to Greenland.
On the 5th day after arrival, they must be re-tested and remain in quarantine
until a negative test result is received.
See Re-testing below.


If COVID-19 symptoms occur while in quarantine, prior to re-testing,
the person must CALL to the nearest hospital.
It is of the highest importance that people DO NOT visit a health center to report COVID-19 symptoms,
as it increases the risk of spreading the illness.

How to Quarantine

As long as a person is in quarantine awaiting re-testing and/or awaiting test results,
they should preferably remain at their accommodation and avoid contact with others.

It is permitted to go outdoors as long as one avoids contact with other people.


Guidelines inside the accommodation

If staying with others, like a travel partner or a family member/friend that resides in Greenland,
minimise contact with other persons,
including f.ex. kissing or preparing/sharing meals together.

Always cough or sneeze into a handkerchief or arm.

Wash hands every time after coughing or sneezing, after using the restroom, before meals and
after coming inside the accommodation after being outdoors. 
Use soap & water, hand sanitizer or wet napkins.



Guidelines outside the accommodation

Limit time spent outdoors in places where one could come in contact with other people.

Avoid taking public transportation where one could come in contact with other people.

It is not permitted to mix with groups of people or to visit public places such as eateries, shared laundry rooms, gyms, movie theatres, and the like.

Avoid grocery shopping, if possible.
If one must do their own grocery shopping, avoid peak times.

It is permitted to walk the dog, as long as one avoids contact with other people.


Watch for the following symptoms.
If symptoms occur, CALL to the local health care center. DO NOT visit a health center to report COVID-19 symptoms,
as it increases the risk of spreading the illness.
Cough
Sore throat
Fever
Headache
Tiredness
Muscle soreness
Mucus build-up
Difficulty breathing
Diarrhea

Re-Testing
Some exceptions apply for persons arriving on direct flights from Iceland.
See Exemptions below.



It is the person's own responsibility to CALL the health center to make arrangements for re-testing on the 5th day after arrival.
It is of the highest importance that people DO NOT visit a health center to report COVID-19 symptoms, as it increases the risk of spreading the illness.
See Health Center Contact Information below.
NOTE: Testing will be provided free of charge for everyone, both residents and visitors.


Test results are not received immediately.
After re-testing, people must remain in quarantine until a negative test result is received.
NOTE: This will be at least a few days, depending on whether one is tested in Nuuk or outside Nuuk.


In the event someone cannot get tested on exactly the 5th day,
it is permitted to be tested on a subsequent day. CALL to the health center in the town where quarantine is held to make a test appointment. 


In the event of negative test results, quarantine ends.


In the event of positive test results, the person must be in Isolation for as long as needed until a negative test result is achieved.
Likewise, any persons in the immediate vicinity of the infected person (like a travel partner or a family member/friend that resides in Greenland) must go into Quarantine.
Read more about Isolation below.
NOTE: all extra costs incurred are one's own financial responsibility.


Once allowed to travel freely, people are required to continue to adhere to all COVID-19 sanitation and social distancing precautions & advice, allowing retesting if COVID-19 symptoms occur.
Test Locations
COVID-19 tests can be administered in South Greenland at Nanortalik Hospital, Narsaq Hospital, Narsarsuaq Nurse Station and Qaqortoq Regional Hospital.


Qaqortoq Regional Hospital is the only location in South Greenland that is projected to have a COVID-19 Test Apparatus to analyse tests.
NOTE: The test apparatus is projected to arrive at some point in July,
followed by an education & quality control period.


All tests administered in South Greenland prior to the readiness of a COVID-19 Test Apparatus in Qaqortoq
must be sent to Nuuk with airplane in order to be analysed.
After the COVID-19 Test Apparatus in Qaqortoq is ready for use,
all tests administered in South Greenland
must be sent to Qaqortoq with boat or helicopter in order to be analysed.
Exemptions
The following is sourced from the Government of Greenland Order Number 25 from 3 July 2020

Quarantine-exempt travellers
All persons who 
1) have been in the Faroe Islands or Iceland for the 14 days immediately leading up to departure
AND
2) travel to Greenland via a direct flight from Iceland, or from the Faroe Islands to Iceland.
NOTE: Transit through Denmark nullifies this exemption!


Quarantine-exempt travellers are exempt from the entry requirements of pre-travel testing, quarantine upon arrival and re-testing.


NOTE: Quarantine-exempt travellers must still fulfill the remaining entry requirements including:
Online submission of the "Sumut" form

Isolation
Isolation is for persons with positive COVID-19 test results and for persons with COVID-19 symptoms that are awaiting test results. 


How to Isolate

Leaving the accommodation is not permitted.
Outdoor time is not permitted.


If someone in Isolation is staying with others, like a travel partner or a family member/friend that resides in Greenland,
these other people must go in Quarantine.
See above for How to Quarantine.


If someone in Isolation is staying with others,
it is preferable that the person has their own bedroom and own bathroom
in order to avoid contact with others in the accommodation.


Clean daily.


If there is the opportunity to wash clothes privately, do so in minimum 60 degrees Celsius warm water.
If a public laundry facility is the only option, doing laundry at this facility is not permitted.


Wash undergarments, sheets, cleaning rags and towels in minimum 80 degrees Celsius warm water. 


Wear gloves when touching dirty laundry
and wash hands thoroughly after removing the gloves.

Health Center Contact Information
CALL the health center to make arrangements for re-testing on the 5th day after arrival
It is of the highest importance that people DO NOT visit a health center to make test appointments or report COVID-19 symptoms,

as it increases the risk of spreading the illness. One must CALL first.


QAQORTOQ REGIONAL HOSPITAL - TESTING AVAILABLE
+299 64 22 11

For test appointments, call +299 80 11 22 between 08.00 - 09.30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
Appointment times are given on an individual basis.


NANORTALIK HOSPITAL - TESTING AVAILABLE
+299 61 32 11

For test appointments,
call +299 80 11 20 between 09.00 - 10.00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
Appointment times are given on an individual basis, but will generally be available from 08.30 - 09.00 on Monday - Friday.


NARSAQ HOSPITAL - TESTING AVAILABLE
+299 66 12 11

For test appointments,
call +299 66 12 11 between 08.00 - 16.00.
Appointment times are given on an individual basis.


NARSARSUAQ NURSE STATION - TESTING AVAILABLE
+299 66 45 41   

Aappilattoq Nurse Station
+299 24 74 70

Alluitsup Paa Nurse Station
+299 61 90 11

Ammassivik Nurse Station
+299 61 73 10

Eqalugaarsuit Nurse Station
+299 64 97 11

Igaliku Nurse Station
+299 66 61 11

Narsarmijit Nurse Station
+299 23 86 05

Qassiarsuk Nurse Station
+299 66 45 42

Saarloq Nurse Station
+299 64 90 11

Tasiusaq Nurse Station
+299 28 68 42


NATIONAL COVID-19 HOTLINE
+299 80 11 00

Opening hours:
Monday - Sunday 8.00 - 16.00

Flights
Air Greenland

Air Greenland may fly with any and all persons permitted to enter Greenland.
Persons flying with Air Greenland are encouraged to educate themselves on both the Kingdom of Denmarks entry regulations as well as Iceland's entry regulations.
See Kingdom of Denmark Reopening Strategy & Additional Resources below.

Air Greenland has suspended its direct summer route from Copenhagen to Narsarsuaq for the entire season.
The only available routes to South Greenland with Air Greenland are multi-stop routes beginning with either Copenhagen-to-Kangerlussuaq or Keflavik-to-Nuuk. 


Air Greenland is attempting to re-book as many passengers as possible via Kangerlussuaq. Some passengers may be required to connect via both Kangerlussuaq and Nuuk, potentially with an overnight in Nuuk. In the event of being rebooked to a flight with an overnight connection, Air Greenland will cover the costs of accommodation. 


All check-in must happen at a service counter, due to the entry requirements of showing necessary documentation.
Neither online check-in nor self-check-in will be permitted.


See more about Air Greenland's policies under Additional Resources.
Air Iceland Connect

At the present time, Air Iceland Connect may only fly with quarantine-exempt travellers.
See Exemptions above for a defintion of who this includes.


Air Iceland Connect has suspended its direct summer route from Reykjavík to Narsarsuaq through August.
The only available routes to South Greenland with Air Iceland Connect are multi-stop routes beginning with Reykjavík-to-Nuuk and then switching airlines to Air Greenland for a domestic flight.


Air Iceland Connect expects to resume service in September 2020, according to availability on its online booking system.


To those whose flights are unfortunately cancelled, the airline offers full refunds or travel vouchers good for one year.
 

See more about Air Iceland Connect's policies under Additional Resources.

Travel Regulations in the Kingdom of Denmark prior to 15 June 2020
As Greenland is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, any travel regulations set by the Danish government
(which are not already covered by the Greenland regulations) would also apply for Greenland.
Prior to Greenland's reopening on 15 June 2020, Greenland's travel regulations are actually more limiting than the Kingdom of Denmark's regulations.

From Saturday 14 March 2020 through Sunday 14 June 2020, the Kingdom of Denmark's borders are closed
to anyone who does not hold a Danish passport or who does not have residence in the Kingdom of Denmark.

Some exceptions apply, f.ex. for those fulfilling critical jobs for the community and those with immediate family residing in the Kingdom of Denmark.
Kingdom of Denmark Reopening Strategy
The following was publicised by the Kingdom of Denmark in a press meeting on Friday 29 May 2020
and supplemented by written information by the Danish Police.


The following is projected to be the model through 31 August 2020.


On Monday 15 June 2020, Denmark re-opened for a select handful of countries.


As of Saturday 27 June 2020, Denmark began opening conditionally* for travellers with residence in a wide range of European countries, including the entire Kingdom of Denmark, of course.
Conditionally: The list of open countries is decided by the Kingdom of Denmark, based on the weekly development of the individual countries' infection curves.
This means, a country's status could potentially shift between 'open' and 'closed'.
Find the updated list here on the Danish Police website.
Yellow = open.  


Required Conditions (Denmark):
Good health.
Persons with visible symptoms such as a cough or fever will not be permitted to enter Denmark.

Non-Danish residents must show proof of booking of an accommodation for at least 6 nights.
Transit travellers through Kastrup Copenhagen Airport who will not stay in Denmark for at least 6 nights, are not permitted to leave the airport before their next departure, including to Greenland.


Suggested Conditions (Denmark):
Persons travelling into Denmark will be recommended to be tested.
In the event of positive test results, one must go into Isolation until there have been no COVID-19 symptoms for 48 hours.


It has been said that Greenland follows the Kingdom of Denmark's reopening strategy in its basic form.
While Greenland cannot make more lenient rules than the Kingdom of Denmark, it can make stricter ones.

Currently, the entry requirements in Greenland are stricter than those in Denmark.

Specific Tourism-related FAQs
The national tourist board (Visit Greenland) and Visit South Greenland have collaborated to create a detailed FAQs document with particular focus on tourism-specific scenarios, informed by close dialogue with the Corona Advisory Board.

Please see the read-only document here.
Updated 10 July 2020 14.41 (GMT -2)